Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Spectral - Shannon Duffy

Publisher:  Tribute Books
Pages:  242
Source:  Review copy from publisher in exchange for my honest review
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

From Publisher:

Convinced she’s a part of the witness protection program, sixteen-year-old Jewel Rose is shuffled around the globe with her family like a pack of traveling gypsies. After arriving at lucky home twenty-seven, she stumbles upon a mysterious boy with magical powers claiming to be her guardian . . . and warning of imminent danger. Despite the obvious sparks between them, Jewel discovers a relationship is forbidden, and the more she learns about dark, brooding Roman, she begins to question who she can even believe — the family who raised her, or the supposed sworn protector who claims they’ve been lying to her all along.

As she struggles to uncover who her family has really been running from, she is forced to hide her birthmark that reveals who she is. With new realities surfacing, unexplained powers appearing, and two tempting boys vying for her heart, Jewel battles to learn who she can trust in an ever growing sea of lies, hoping she’ll make it through her seventeenth birthday alive.

My Thoughts:

This was a very interesting book.  It has two hunky guys for Jewel to hook up with.  One of them, Chase, is a very popular jock.  The other one, Roman, comes across as a bad boy.  Jewel has never been in one place long enough to have a close friend, let alone a boy friend.
Now she has a best friend named Taylor and two boys who are trying for her attention.  With her past experiences with people chasing them, who can she trust when strange things begin to happen? 

There is a well rounded cast of characters.  Jewel has a definite connection with her younger brother.  To say she would do anything for him is an understatement.  Their relationship reminded me of my son and daughter.  She has an aunt that you just want to kill.  I felt tension the minute she entered the story.  I just knew she had to be up to no good. Then we meet the grandmother.  Jewel and her brother are thrilled to see her.  The author does an excellent job of making you think you one thing then throwing a twist at you that you could not possibly see coming.   This was a great read.

About the Author:
Shannon Duffy writes young adult and middle grade fiction. She grew up on the beautiful east coast of Canada and now lives in Ontario, Canada. She is the mom of one boy, Gabriel, her angel. She loves writing, reading, working out, soccer, and the sport of champions-shopping. She is the author of the young adult paranormal romance novel, SPECTRAL. Her upcoming middle grade fantasy novel, GABRIEL STONE AND THE DIVINITY OF VALTA is scheduled for a January 2013 release.

Extra Resources:

Spectral Twitter hashtag:  #Spectral
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  1. Your book was book was very interesting. I loved it and hope to read the second book soon.